Knowledge Identifier: +Katharine_Cornell
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1893.
Countries: United States (44%), United Kingdom (16%), New York (9%)
Linked to: University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Baylor University, Smith College, Princeton University
In 1915, her mother died, leaving her enough money to be independent, and she left for New York
In 1919, she went with the Bonstelle company to London to play Jo in a stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel "Little Women"
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, has a 1926 full length portrait of Cornell by artist Eugene Speicher in her role as Candida
W. Somerset Maugham - Later, he asked that Katharine Cornell play the lead in the 1927 Broadway version
Brian Aherne - Aherne reappeared in London at the Strand in March 1927 again as Langford in "White Cargo" and continued on the London stage in a succession of plays until late 1930 when he went to America, making his first appearance on the New York stage at the Empire Theatre in New York on 9 February 1931, playing Robert Browning in Rudolph Besier's play "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" opposite Katharine Cornell
In 1928, Cornell played the lead role of the Countess Ellen Olenska in a dramatized version of Edith Wharton's novel "The Age of Innocence"
Orson Welles - In 1933, he toured in three off-Broadway productions with Katharine Cornell's company, including two roles in Romeo and Juliet.
Burgess Meredith - He received acclaim playing in the 1935 revival of "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" starring Katharine Cornell
Maxwell Anderson - His play "Wingless Victory" was written in verse and premiered in 1936 with actress Katharine Cornell in the lead role
Laurence Olivier - In 1939, Olivier starred in a production of No Time for Comedy, by S.N. Behrman in a Katharine Cornell production with them both in leading roles.
Gene Kelly - In 1939, he was selected to be part of a musical revue "One for the Money" produced by the actress Katharine Cornell, who was known for finding and hiring talented young actors.
Ruth Gordon - Gordon's Broadway acting appearances in the 1940s included Iris in Paul Vincent Carroll's "The Strings, My Lord, Are False" and Natasha in Katharine Cornell and Guthrie McClintic's revival of Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters", as well as leading roles in her own plays, "Over Twenty-One" and "The Leading Lady"
The play opened in 1941 in San Francisco , just one week before Pearl Harbor, and was the only show not cancelled, despite numerous blackouts
The play opened in Washington in December 1942, and no one expected it to be much of a financial success
The tour opened in Santa Maria, a small town 15 miles north of Naples , in 1944
In 1946, Cornell chose Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra", which opened at the Hanna Theater in Cleveland, a difficult role for which she was ideally suited
Eli Wallach - He played a role in a tour of "Antony and Cleopatra," produced by the actress Katharine Cornell in 1946
Tony Randall - In 1946, he was cast as one of the brothers in a touring production of Katharine Cornell's revival of "The Barretts of Wimpole Street"
In 1953, Cornell found a suitable role in "The Prescott Proposals", about a United States Delegate to the United Nations
Tyrone Power - Also in 1953, actress and producer Katharine Cornell cast Power as her love interest in "The Dark is Light Enough", a verse drama by British dramatist Christopher Fry
She did find time in 1954 to be the narrator for the film "The Unconquered", the lifestory of her friend Helen Keller
Marian Winters - In 1955, she played the part of Gelda in Katharine Cornell's production of "The Light is Dark Enough, a verse drama by Christopher Fry
On April 2, 1956, NBC TV broadcast of a production of "Barretts" with Anthony Quayle in the role of Robert Browning
The play toured in Tel Aviv in 1958
The Smithsonian Institution holds a bronze bust of Cornell from 1961 by artist Malvina Hoffman
The play ran during the summer of 2010 at Lincoln Center and starred Kate Burton as Cornell